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In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14: 2-3
 
Greetings from Michigan, <<First Name>>,

We arrived in Michigan on August 1. We were amazed at all the obstacles God cleared out of our way to bring us back to the States at this time. It has confirmed in our hearts that we are exactly where He wants us right now.  We had originally planned to fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and then to Michigan on July 31-Aug 1, but we found out at noon on July 19 that the Thai government decided to quarantine the whole city of Bangkok (due to rising Covid cases). No domestic flights would be allowed in or out of Bangkok starting July 21. Checkpoints were also being set up on the roads, interstate buses and trains had already been cancelled. So we suddenly had to rush to the airport to buy new tickets to go to Bangkok, drive 1 hr home, pack up our things, and say goodbyes and get back to the airport the next day. When we were waiting to board our flight on the 20th, we noticed that all other flights out of Chiang Mai had been cancelled! Three days before leaving Bangkok, we needed to get a negative Covid test to be allowed on international flights. Rebecca called many testing sites but they were all booked. No available appointments! We were starting to get nervous! As a last resort, Steve called a hospital we had been to before and they were able to get us in. Whew!  That was a close call! Thank you to all those who helped us get packed and who were praying for us. We could not have made it without your help!

 
Fully Vaccinated

After avoiding Covid-19 for a year and a half in Thailand, we managed to get our first covid vaccination shot the day after we landed in Detroit and then came down with Covid one week later. Again, thank you so much for praying for us. We had one scary night but other than that, it was sort of like the flu. The worst part was not knowing what to expect. We have now gotten vaccine #2 and we are feeling great- well, we still get a little tired, but basically, we are back to normal.

We are now traveling around Michigan speaking at churches, meeting with supporters and visiting family in the few precious days we have left. The plan is to fly back to Thailand in early November. We will send an updated speaking schedule soon in case you would like to come meet us.
 
                Pastor Jonathan and His Family                                                             Missing Girl

Prayer Requests

Over the last few days, we’ve received two urgent prayer requests from our friends in Northern Thailand that we want to share with you.  <<First Name>>, will you join us in praying?
  1. Pastor Jonathan was recently in a motorcycle accident. He has many broken bones and underwent a 9 hour surgery yesterday. He has not woken up from surgery yet. Please pray for healing for Pastor Jonathan and wisdom and courage for his wife and two children. Many of his injuries are on his head. Please pray that any swelling of his brain will go down and for all the bones to move back into their correct places.
  2. A 23-month-old girl went missing around 7pm on Saturday night from Pasak Village. Please pray that she will quickly be found safe and reunited with her family.
Thank you!

Thank you so much being a part of Team Thailand, <<First Name>>. You are an essential part of our team and we could never do this without your emotional, prayer, financial support, and hospitality. Thank you!  May the Lord repay you richly for your kindness and care for us and the people of Thailand. If there is any way we can be praying for you, please let us know. 
 
In Him,

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Steve & Rebecca Barber
PO Box 15
T. SanMahaphon, A. MaeTaeng
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150
 
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Steve and Rebecca Barber are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene. They currently live and serve in Northern Thailand. For more information about who they are, please click on their names.
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